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Kobe Bryant reveals $100M venture capital fund

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Today, it was revealed how Bryant would be spending at least part of his new-found time off. read more

Your Customer Success Team Is Focusing On The Wrong Definition Of Success

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15 LA-based companies named to Inc.'s 500 fastest-growing startups

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Kobe Bryant Launches New $100 Million Venture to Solidify Retirement

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Sports stars are used to success. Whether it’s winning a championship or setting a record, being an athlete is a great way to rise to the top of the mountain. But when it comes to the entrepreneurial world, sports stars haven’t always panned out. “I’m more interested in how I can help Shaq, Melo, or Iguodala.”

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 19: L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

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tech wages rising fastest in the nation, Activision runs Snapchat zombie karaoke lens, and YP hires new CEO

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L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation’s other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report by downtown real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

Bio Roundup: FDA Says No, PCSK9 Value Fight, CRISPR Intrigue & More

Xconomy

When the Olympics roll around, many watchers get into a sport they previously hadn’t thought much about. This time for me, it’s volleyball. The best part, though, are the rejections. Just like in basketball, there’s nothing more dramatic than emphatically denying an opponent a chance to score. Talk about sacrifice.

Startup parents: How families balance startup hours with time spent at home

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Demand Media;dammydommydimmy;HopSkipDrive;dammydommydimmy;Solaborate. read more

inVia Robotics Launches Robotics System Aimed At E-Commerce Warehouses

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A new, Los Angeles startup, inVia Robotics , said today that it has launched a brand new robotics system, specifically aimed at fulfillment and material handling operations of e-commerce providers and warehouses. READ MORE>>. invia robotics ecommerce warehouse pick place hardware startup

Why bother to sit in with customer service?

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lost an invaluable opportunity to learn from the front line. Start by sitting in with customer service.  The benefits are immense.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 16: Chow Now Integrated with Google Search

L.A. Business Journal

Chow Now integrated with Google search, Content Check acquires Honest Cooking, Intel to open L.A. virtual reality studio, and more

At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

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For example: Can a 20-story office tower serve as a “vertical campus” and innovation hub for local tech companies? John “J.T.”

Tech Roundup: Lenny gamifies credit scores, Atom Tickets goes wide and more

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Gawker Goes To Univision

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Los Angeles-based broadcaster and media company Univision has reportedly won the deal for bankrupt online publisher Gawker , and will pay $135M for the company, according to reports on Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE>>. gawker media univision bankruptcy j2global ziff davis peter thiel merger acquisition

DODGERS Announce Newest Accelerator Companies

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The LA Dodgers And R/GA Announce Second Sports Accelerator Program Companies. Focus is on Growth-Stage Companies and Strategic Business Development. The Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA Ventures are pleased to announce the five companies chosen for the second LA Dodgers Sports Accelerator. The program launches today in R/GA’s LA office.

Snapchat Plans to Expand New York Office to 400 Employees

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat has agreed to create 396 jobs in the state of New York in exchange for tax breaks totaling up to $5 million from Empire State Development

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

Xconomy

A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry.  The authors made the point that, given the size of companies today, a single garden-variety blockbuster hardly moves the needle.

Swimsuits and startups: 10 Silicon Beach Fest events you don't want to miss

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Sorrento Therapeutics Acquires Semnur Pharmaceuticals For Up To $200M

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San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics said Monday that its subsidiary, Scintilla Pharmaceuticals , ahs acquired cancer pain pharmaceuticals developer Semnur Pharmaceuticals. Semnur's lead product is a non-opiate epidural steroid injectable to treat chronic back pain. Semnur was based in Los Altos, California. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Fest

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Friday, August 26, 2016 -- Silicon Beach Fest. Silicon Beach Fest celebrates LA’s unique startup entertainment tech community with panels, pitches, and parties. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 17: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Is Moving to Los Angeles

L.A. Business Journal

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is moving to Los Angeles, TeleSign Hires new chief executive, and Snapchat plans to expand New York office to 400 employees

Why Resilient Teams Are More Important Than Big Ideas

Xconomy

How important is having a “big idea” for startups? However, an A team can iterate until it finds success. Only a good team can make this happen.

How a former NFL running back is creating a social hiring app for creatives

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Trade Desk Files For IPO

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Ventura-based Trade Desk has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raised up to $86.25M on an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. The company says it has filed to trade as TTD. The advertising technology company is led by Jeff Green. Green is a serial entrepreneur , having sold his last firm, AdECN, to Microsoft. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Fest

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, August 25, 2016 -- Silicon Beach Fest. Silicon Beach Fest celebrates LA’s unique startup entertainment tech community with panels, pitches, and parties. See [link] (more

Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Kobe Bryant has launched a $100 million venture capital fund

In Wake Of Infamous Biotech Party, 20 Women Join New Exec Training

Xconomy

A new program to prepare high-ranking women in the biotech industry for corporate board seats has unveiled its first class of 20. and Europe. percent.

AI software developer Veritone picks up $50M

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Avelas Biosciences Raises $20M

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San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Avelas Biosciences has raised $20M in a Series C funding, according to the company. The new funding was led by Pharmstandard International, S.A., and laos included Ervington Investments Limited and Alexandria Venture Investments plus Avalon Ventures, Bregua Corporation, and WuXi Healthcare Ventures.

EvoNexus MarketLink: Huawei

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Thursday, August 25, 2016 -- EvoNexus MarketLink: Huawei. In 2015, Huawei ranked 228th on the Global Fortune 500 based on its revenue which grew by 35% reaching $60.8 billion USD. Huawei Executives are coming to Irvine on August 24-25th as part of the EvoNexus MarketLink Program. Deadline to apply July 22. See [link] (more

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 22: Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Kobe Bryant launches $100 million venture capital fund, L.A. Dodger announces second accelerator class, and SpaceX puts first vertical rocket landed on display in Hawthorne

With $6M Investment, Histogen Aims to Grow Hair Business in China

Xconomy

The $6 million anchors Histogen’s plans to raise as much as $18 million in a Series D financing round, according to Histogen spokeswoman Eileen Brandt.

Tech companies reign in Business Journal's list of best places to work

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Snapchat Plans Growth In New York

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Venice, California-based Snapchat is planning a big expansion in New York City, and plans to grow to around 400 people in the city, after the Empire State Development Corp offered up as much as $5M in tax break to the company. According to the New York Post, Snapchat currently has around 100 employees in New York City. READ MORE>>.